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Local mayors: 'Give us our money back

Local mayors: 'Give us our money back

The message delivered by local mayors at the Jan. 8 West Plains Chamber of Commerce breakfast was polite, but clear. It was the same one delivered again at a Jan. 12 press conference outside the city ...

Grain train jumps the tracks

A 30-car Eastern Washington Gateway grain train derailed Thursday, Jan. 15, before 1:30 a.m., closing the Cheney-Spokane road on the northeast side of Cheney until Saturday. No injuries were...

Increasing demands for service

No matter one's familiarity with the Cheney Police Department's year-end report, the statistic still jumps out at you like a bright, flashing neon sign. In 2014, dispatchers in the department's...

AH considers nuisance code process modifications

The city of Airway Heights is taking a slightly different approach to taking care of nuisances within the community. At the Jan. 12 City Council study session, Development Services Director Derrick Braaten presented an ordinance that would change...

It was certainly a week for super special finishes

The stages were significantly different. But the parallels were indeed strikingly similar. Between Medical Lake's Golden Feather Spirit Game win over Cheney and the Seattle Seahawks' 28-22 overtime...

Cardinals edge Blackhawks in Spirit Game thriller

Medical Lake got the victory they wanted, but not the wins they needed most last week. The Cardinals lost a pair of Northeast A League games 57-52 at home to Lakeside last Tuesday and 54-43 at...

Eastern men fall at Sac State; end losing streak at PSU

The Hornet's Nest lived up to its name last Saturday for the Eastern Washington University men's basketball team. The cracker-box gymnasium, home of the Sacramento State Hornets, was the site of the ...

Lady Blackhawks shoot their way to Golden Feather win

Despite a cold shooting night, the Cheney High School girls' basketball team found a way to take control of the annual Golden Feather Spirit Game at Medical Lake. With the basketball not falling...

Offense falters for Medical Lake girls in losses

It was an oh-for week for Medical Lake's girls on the basketball court. And that was not just because they finished last week winless, falling in a pair of Northeast A League games, 60-14 to...

Cheney boys lose last-minute heart breaker

For Cheney High School boys’ basketball head coach Chris Dunn, the key for the Blackhawks re-entry into the win column after six straight losses is twofold — play four quarters of basketball and finish the game. Up by one after three quarters...

Rough week for Card wrestlers

Medical Lake faced the state’s No. 1 ranked 1A wrestling team last Wednesday at Colville, falling 60-18 in a Northeast A League dual match. Jackson Tappero’s pin in 2 minutes, 24 seconds was the lone victory outside of forfeits in the 185-pound...

Sacramento State hands Eastern women first Big Sky loss

Any number of things might have played a major part in Sacramento State handing Eastern Washington its first Big Sky Conference home court loss of the season. But a couple of statistical categories seem to really tell the story in the Hornets’...

Ferguson claims Westberg Invitational wrestling title

The Cheney High wrestling team continued their season after a 51-27 loss to Clarkston Jan. 14 in their first home dual of the season. The night started off with Billy Bakke (160 pounds) picking up the first win for Cheney after he defeated Issac...

West Plains Scoreboard

BASKETBALL HIGH SCHOOL Great Northern League Boys Team W L W L Clarkston 5 1 13 1 Pullman 4 1 11 2 West Valley 3 2 9 4 East Valley 2 4 5 9 Cheney 0 6 4 10 Boys Hawks Box 1 2 3 4 Final East Valley 13 15 13 10 51 Cheney 9 13 13 12 47 Graham 0, Jaylen...

Cheney comes together for Souper Bowl

Feed Cheney is a nonprofit organization working to relieve hunger in our community and it needs your help.  After four and a half years of providing groceries and a nutritious hot meal (complete with musical entertainment) on the last Monday of...

Medical Lake experiences lots of success in 2014

The annual West Plains Chamber of Commerce State of the West Plains breakfast Jan. 8 was notable for many reasons. One in particular was the absence of a representative from the city of Medical Lake. In an email, City Administrator Doug Ross said...

Trains put the community at risk

I personally visited the grain train wreck in Cheney Friday morning, Jan. 16, and agree with John Taves, Cheney City Councilman, that the blockage of Cheney-Spokane Road would delay emergency vehicles, and shows the risks facing the public from...

Doing my best to get to-do's done during the weekend

It was supposed to have been a productive, to-do list shredding and checking off day last Saturday. 1. Go catch week two of my grandson Logan’s ice skating lessons and see if he could cut down on the number of falls he had in week one. Checks on...

What's Happening on the West Plains

All events are free unless posted otherwise. To get your event or meeting in the weekly What’s Happening section send an email with date, time, location and event to jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. City of Cheney • Jan. 26, Dance Class, Wren... Full story

West Plains Briefs

Cheney Book Club meets “The Spymistress,” a thrilling novel of the Civil War, is the January selection of the Book Discussion Group of the Friends of the Cheney Community Library. The group meets Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. at the library. All... Full story

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Jan. 12 Forcible rape was reported to the Police Department. Police arrested Micah J. Williams-Carr, 34, for first-degree rape. Williams-Carr was booked and released from Spokane County Jail. Investigation is ongoing and no charges have been...

Edmondson brings passion for helping others back to ML

When Ann Everett took over the Medical Lake School District's special education program, she began implementing several changes and brought in new personnel, including a familiar face to the...

Welcome Home London

Students and teachers from Michael Anderson Elementary line the fence to welcome back London Bowater. Second-graders Makenzie O'Harrow, Megan Stapleton, Kristen Dickey and Paige Wilkins (right) wait...

A second chance to make a difference for others

The voices in Kevin Hines' head regularly told him to kill himself. Finally, 14 years ago at age 19, Hines decided to do something about it and take the 746-foot plunge over the rail of the nearby...

Cheney High School AP Scholars 2014

Cheney High School has released its list of students receiving AP Scholars awards for 2014. AP Scholars with Honor, awarded to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3.0 or higher on four or more...

Cheney School District volunteer numbers are up

Numbers for volunteers, community involvement and highly capable students are up around the Cheney School District, according to a pair of reports given to the school board at its regular meeting Jan. 14. Jessica Deutsch, district volunteer...

Ruth Elizabeth Venemon Lewis

Ruth Elizabeth Venemon Lewis of Cheney passed away Dec. 7, 2014. She was 94. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend and will be dearly missed. She is survived by... Full story

Tickets for Cheney's annual Blackhawk Athletic Dessert and Silvent Aution on sale

Tickets for the annual Cheney High School Blackhawk Athletic Dessert and Silent Auction are now on sale. The auction takes place Friday, March 6 at the high school from 6 – 8 p.m.. Tickets are $2 per person and can be purchased at the high...

Take the time, take a train

Last week I did something I had never done in America other than as a commuter in the DC area. I took the train. San Luis Obisbo, Calif. to Spokane. Thirty-two hours on a train, the price was very affordable, with a hint of adventure. The process...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Jan. 27, 2005 A recent small fire caused little structural damage but filled Cheney’s Bill’s Tavern with plenty of smoke and would keep the business closed for the foreseeable future. The Medical Lake City Council voted unanimously...

Looking back with the Cheney Historical Museum

One hundred twenty-five years ago in 1890, the population of Cheney was stated as 1,500. In 1940, 50 years later, Cheney’s population was reported as 1,551. There is skepticism about the accuracy of the 1890 figure. Learn more about our area’s...

Churches

Cheney Community Church  Cheney Community Church invites you to come worship Sunday, 10 a.m., to hear a new teaching series entitled, “Experiencing God.” Enjoy great worship music as well. Nursery care is provided for infants and toddlers....

Porfiria G. Ybarra

Porfiria (Pila) G. Ybarra, 87, a long-time resident of Warden, Wash., and Cheney in her later years, passed away peacefully on Jan. 15, 2015 at Cheney Care Center. She was born on Feb. 26, 1927 in... Full story

 
 
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